Whether you’re a first-time buyer or splurging on the second home you’ve always dreamed of, a property inspection is on your horizon.
A quick Google search will bring up dozens of article on what to expect during a property inspection but few will mention what they don’t cover.
Read below to discover the gaps in these inspections and how to proceed.
A property inspection will cover electrical outlets, but they rarely include insulation.
Be aware of insulation voids in the home and be prepared to lounge around with heavy socks and a cozy sweater on cold nights.
Insulation may not sound like a deal breaker but depending on the area and your own susceptibility to cold, it may become a nuisance.
Warped and creaky floors may not be as apparent underneath a lush carpet. If you plan on keeping the carpet than this may not become an issue but if you plan on swapping outdated carpet with hardwood floors, you’re in trouble.
Bring a level with you to determine if the floor is warped. Keep in mind that older homes are more likely to be on a slight slant. More often than not, the slant or warped floor is barely noticeable.
We all love cute little critters…but not when they’re crawling around your attic. Believe it or not, a property inspection does not cover pest or rodent detection when it involves your roof and outdoor areas.
A property inspector may inspect the roof by giving it a quick glance before deeming your roof and attic in tip-top shape.
Don’t settle with an eyeball guesstimate. To ensure the home is pest-free hire a roofing contractor. A roofing contractor will not only inspect the structure and durability of your roof, they’ll also identify any current or potential pest issues.
If there’s a color you don’t like you can just paint over it, right? Wrong!
Red walls will always live in interior decorating infamy because, while they may be a bold statement piece, they are notoriously difficult to paint over. Rich pigment causes red hues to leak through lighter colors easily.
If you absolutely adore the home despite the red walls, you can paint over red with a few extra steps including sanding, priming, and several coats of your desired color.
Cigarette Smoke Residue
Whether or not you smoke, most of us can live by the pretty universal rule that you should never smoke indoors. Some people break that rule though, and their homes take the brunt of their mistake.
Surprisingly, it’s not always obvious. A well-placed candle, Febreze, or open window can easily mask what a hot summer day will reveal. Ask for a non-smoking home from the get-go and save yourself an odorous hassle.
Be Prepared for Your Property Inspection
Now that we’ve gone over what the inspection won’t cover, it’s time to get ready for what it will cover and how to prepare if you’re selling your home.
Be prepared for your property inspector with this helpful checklist!